What to Expect When Consulting with a Wrongful Death Attorney

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July 10, 2017
Edward Smith


Consulting with a Wrongful Death Lawyer

Dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one is overwhelming. Here’s what you can expect when consulting with a wrongful death lawyer.

Wrongful death cases are tragic, stressful occurrences in people’s lives that should be handled by a compassionate wrongful death attorney. You are legally allowed to represent yourself in a court of law, but wrongful death cases are so involved that you should enlist the help of a wrongful death lawyer who has successfully handled many past cases. It is wise to check the past verdicts and settlements of the wrongful death lawyer you plan on utilizing. It is also good to read the testimonials of former clients assisted by the wrongful death lawyer you select.

Wrongful Death Circumstances

A wrongful death attorney can assist someone who has lost a loved one due to situations such as these where another party caused the death of your loved one due to a:

Wrongful Death Defined

Wrongful death is defined as the death of a person because of the actions of another or the lack of actions of another. The person who caused the death can be held liable and can have a lawsuit brought against them in a court of law. The majority of wrongful death cases do not include the intention to kill another person. More often than not, a wrongful death case includes a death that occurred as a result of an accident or poor judgment on the part of the defendant in the case.

You should consult with a Sacramento wrongful death attorney if a family member has been involved in such a case.

 Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Our wrongful death lawyer will explain who can file a lawsuit in such a circumstance. Generally, the list includes:

  • Parents filing for their child
  • A Spouse
  • Close family members can file for other family members
  • Children can file suit for their parents

Contact a wrongful death lawyer for more information about who can bring a claim for wrongful death.

What Damages Can Be Recovered?

Your family can recover the following damages in a wrongful death case:

  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of future wages
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Attorney fees
  • Medical expenses before the victim’s death caused by the injury suffered
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship

Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death attorney. I have been serving Sacramento and the state of California for more than 34 years. If your family has suffered a tragedy due to a wrongful death, my heart goes out to you. Please call me at 916-921-6400 or toll-free at 800-404-5400 for free, friendly advice. When you take the time to reach out to me, we can go over the details of your loss and see how best to proceed.

Ratings from former clients can make selecting a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer much easier. You can read our reviews on Yelp, Google, and Avvo.

Testimonials from former and current clients can also help you choose an attorney for your case.

I am a member of Million Dollar Advocates, a group of the top trial lawyers in the country who have obtained million-dollar settlements or verdicts for their clients.

For more information about my practice, visit verdicts and settlements to learn about previous cases and their outcomes.

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